The Pacers and Pelicans met on Monday night in New Orleans in what turned out to be the most exciting game of the night in the NBA. Indiana led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter before Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball caught fire for the Pelicans to take a 10-point lead with just over two minutes to play. From there, chaos ensued as New Orleans’ offense would shut down, unable to score over the final 2:22 of regulation, and a wild late sequence from the Pacers saw them force overtime.
Immediately following a three to cut it to a one possession game, Victor Oladipo helped force a turnover as J.J. Redick and Lonzo Ball got swarmed in the backcourt as Oladipo ripped it away from Ball while on the ground — and the Pelicans had a timeout to use had they recognized it. From there, the scramble was on and they found Myles Turner who faked a pass and found himself wide open for the game-tying three.
Victor Oladipo buries the 3, comes up with the steal, and Myles Turner ties it for the @Pacers from deep!
Headed to OVERTIME on NBA LP pic.twitter.com/8uhqUWPKJ6
— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2021
In overtime, the incredibly physical play continues as the two teams traded buckets, with the Pacers, briefly, taking a four point lead before Zion Williamson came in and got a bucket within seconds of entering the fray.
48.8 left to play in OT pic.twitter.com/QYo792VTlQ
— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2021
On the next possession, the Pelicans managed to get a takeaway from the Pacers and get Lonzo Ball running on a leak out for the tying score, forcing the Pacers to try and win the game on their last possession, turning to Malcolm Brogdon to make something happen.
This Pacers-Pelicans ending was wild
Malcolm Brogdon called game. pic.twitter.com/tyB3lnkZ9I
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 5, 2021
His floater bounced in and the last second heave to Zion was unable to connect for New Orleans, giving Indiana a rather improbable come from behind 118-116 win as they steal one on the road against a feisty Pelicans team that is still figuring things out. Oladipo continues his strong play to start the season, looking like the All-Star of old with 25 points, six assists, and five rebounds to lead the way, while getting ample help from his fellow starters as Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner all chipped in 17 or more.
For the Pelicans, it was a disappointing game to let slip away after such a strong fight in the fourth quarter to take control. Ingram finished with 31 points and eight assists, while Zion added 24 points and 10 rebounds and Ball had 18. Still, they have to find ways to get some easier offense late rather than needing Ingram to create so much for them, as we saw what happens when his path to the basket gets cut off and the contested jumpers aren’t falling.
Indiana moves to 5-2 with the win as they continue to impress to open the season, while New Orleans drops to 4-3 as they lose their first game at home.